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April 1958

The Visual Pigments.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(4):629. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940050185028

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Abstract

This is a highly technical but authoritative monograph on the biology of visual pigments by one who has done a great deal of work in this field—Dartnell being the English equivalent of Wald in this country. The book is far too technical for the average ophthalmologist, since it is largely concerned with the details of the chemistry and physical properties of the various pigments found in the animal kingdom subserving the function of photoreception. For those actively engaged in this field, however, the book will be warmly welcomed.

After a short introduction to visual pigments and their photoproducts, the chapters deal with the physical chemistry of rhodopsin, the structure of rhodopsin, isomerism and visual pigments, the homogeneity of visual pigment solutions, and various methods available for the experimental approach to the problems of photochemistry. Each chapter includes an excellent bibliography.

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